Chocolate Stout | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gbontrag on 11-18-2004

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Photo of antott0523
2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Black coffee with an espresso foam colored head that settles to a thin veil.

Smell: Soft notes of malt including coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. No apparent hop notes.

Taste: Flat, coffee-flavored seltzer water.

Mouthfeel: Watery with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one started strong with an attractive appearance and nose, but fell flat on taste and mouth feel. Lacks the depth of malt notes and round mouth feel that I was hoping for.

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Photo of tedstriker
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Ugh. So not that long ago, I'm pounding Coors Light, Keystone, High Life, whatever. Then, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, the people I drink with decide we can do better and I'm drinking stouts, porters, imperial whatevers, double chocolate somethings, and who knows what. Now, I'm all like, "this chocolate stout is too thin. Waaa." Tell you what, if you like beer, but aren't a total snob about it, then this beer will do you fine. But if you obsess about "mouthfeel" and "lacing" and "who cares, Doug, let's just get wasted already!"....sorry that one doesn't apply....this beer will disappoint you. Not much body to it, kind of seems like they took a Heineken and threw a couple Hershey's Kisses in the wort. Ok, not a Heinie, that was mean, but you get my drift. Expected better, not thoroughly pissed about it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is about a finger high, with a khaki shade. It's somewhat soft and creamy, but not impressively so. Retention isn't fantastic, either. A decent ring of lacing is left behind, which seems to fade away with time.

S: Well, there is some chocolate...just not a lot of it. I pick up a mild note of floral hops, too. There's also some roasted malt, and even more in the way of nuts and caramel. Closer to a brown ale than a stout (much less a porter), but really not bad at all. I kind of expected worse.

T: Just like the nose suggested - it feels like I'm drinking a brown ale. A mild wave of brown sugar and chocolate opens it up, transforming into a gently roasted dryness on the finish. Touches of floral hops appear at times. Since they didn't add actual chocolate (just chocolate malt), I can forgive the mildness of the chocolate flavor. There just isn't anything here to 'wow' me, though.

M: I like how dry and crisp it is. It just isn't very substantial feeling. I believe a great stout should dry AND luxurious feeling; frankly, this is a bit watery. Come to think about it, it's not even that dry, either - I'm feeling some residual sugar on the palate. Only when the semi-zesty carbonation fades does this really make it feel any richer.

O: Rather bland and unassuming. I knew this wouldn't be Choklat, but did it have to be this boring to drink? It's an okay gateway craft beer, though.

EDIT: It's becoming more watery as I drink it. Time to drop the scores some.

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Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black brew with hues of ruby on the edges. Decent tan head dissipates to a moderate ring leaving good amounts of lacing.
Aromas of light chocolate sauce, mild roasted grains and creamy sweetness. Some bread and a hint of nutty aroma as well.
Taste starts watery and then moves to light chocolately flavor. Bits of coffee and an almost smokey flavor. Finishes just a hint bitter with an easy going lingering bitterness from some earthy hops.
Medium bodied but easy to drink. A bit watery at the beginning. Otherwise good.

A decent brew that could use a bit more umph. Still pretty good, just a tad watery. I like the drinkability though

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, the local convenience store near my office put in a few taps and started selling growlers. I picked up this brew to give it a try. It is a dark, opaque brown color with a tan head. It smells like a dry beer...some chocolate, but also lots of roast. Nutty and full. The taste is dry with some malt and a creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

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Photo of TCMike
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours, a dark, non-translucent walnut brown. Thin, half finger, beige head.

Aroma is somewhat weak. It's of roasted malts, biscuit, and a hint of dark chocolate.

The taste similar to smell, but with a slight coffee note, and a little more hop bitterness than i had anticipated. Thin body for a stout...low side of medium. medium carbonation.

Good, easy drinking, but a bit lackluster.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appears black from viewed from afar and is clear very dark red when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chocolate malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem a little one-dimensional, but it isn't a bad selection if you really like chocolate malts.

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Photo of iliotib
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This came in a bottle which had a promising poor into a pint glass. The finger and a half thick head dissipated quickly into a thin inconsistent topping. Lacing was non existent on the both of the two that I poured.

There was a good aroma at first: definitely chocolate malt, but wasn't as sweet as I had hoped. The flavor was that of too-old coffee.

The mouthfeel of this brew was a little disappointing as it lacked the body I'm used to with stouts.

I probably wouldn't recommend this beer. The appearance and flavor weren't interesting and at 5.3% AbV, neither was the buzz.

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Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a little light coming in at the fringes and a hint of thickness in it, this beer fits my expectations in its look. What develops atop it is a tan head one finger tall that displays decent retention and leaves a fair amount of spotting and patching alternately almost to the base of the glass.
Chocolate is in the smell. It's built on a good base of malts that adds lots of roast and coffee grounds, while a little more sweetness is added via notes of vanilla while a good nuttiness rests behind it all.
The chocolate becomes less of the emphasis in the flavor, and it's to its detriment. The roast and coffee grounds take over and it's good to have them, but they displace the chocolate a little too much. The vanilla runs through aided by a note of caramel. Some dryer notes creep into the finish from a leafy light bitterness and some char.
The dryness factors into the feel as well, after an initial smoothness gives way to it. There's a little crispness to it, perhaps just a touch too much, though the smoothness never really dies off.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin tan head that leaves very little lace and ust hangs around as a tiny ring edging the glass. Color is dark brown-black. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and coffee, not really chocolatey like many of these chocolate stouts are. Flavor is mild and semi-sweet, much like a good, easy drinking brewpub American style stout. Mild hop bitterness, with sweetness relying on roasted grains for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and on light side for style. Overall, a stout that I really like, although it looks rather limp and the smell is not strong and chocolaty as I would prefer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought on line and no bottlle date.

In the aroma, faint smells of roasted malts and chocolate. I thought the chocolate malts would stand out more but they don't.
The apperance is like a thinned out stout. If this was a blind taste I would guess something like a balck schwazbier. The mocha head never really formed and faded away quickly.
The taste was like the nose with a roasted malt bill and sutle chocolate notes.
Drinks thin and dry with a slight bitterness.
Overall, the flavor is good but the both the aroma and appearance take away from otherwisw could be a desent beer.

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Photo of minterro
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A friend brought this over to a party that we were having.

A&S: Caramel maltyness, no chocolate component, some breadyness. Nice look, jet black beer with a tan foamy head, which leaves nice lacing.

T&M: A little overly bitter from the roastyness. Not very flavorful, just hints of chocolate. Medium and crisp bodied. Drinkable.

Overall: Honesty don't have much to say about this beer, its was pretty nondescript.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout has a thin-to-medium cream-colored head, a dark brown (black, really) appearance with little red-brown highlights at the edges, visible bubble streams on the side of the glass, and a small amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of acidity, dark cherries, sweetness, and dark-roasted barley malt. Taste is of dark brown bread crust, sugar, dark-roasted malt, some chocolate, acidity, and dark cherries at the end of the sip. One will also encounter a balancing hop bitterness at the end, as well. Mouthfeel is pretty light, watery, and slick, and Fort Collins Chocolate Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and highly drinkable. This is delicious.


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Photo of Neorebel
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Fort Collins Chocolate Stout pours a midnight black hue, with only a thin ring of tan foam sitting on top. The aroma is fantastic, giving of scents of coffee, creamy milk chocolate, a slight smokiness, and a hint of citrus esters as well. The flavor is pretty nice , with a fair balance of the creamy chocolate and coffee, and the aforementioned smoked and hoppy characteristics. Not overly complex but that's perfectly alright. Very soft feel and a thin finish unfortunately. Overall though, it's pretty flavorful for a low ABV Stout.

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Photo of jesster64
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark color. smoky smell and taste. Nice finish. Just the right beer by a fire on a winter day. No complaints, will buy again which is one of my best compliments. I rate this very good. I can barely taste chocolate, smoke flavor is just the right amount.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; black/brown with a thick fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing and fades about halfway before sticking. Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Taste is smooth malt, semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee. Barely any bitterness at all, very smooth mouthfeel. Not a standout, but a fine stout.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, tan foam, mostly settles. Light chocolate malt with hints of coffee. Coffee bitter taste. Very bitter. Light carbonation. Chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good stout, not earth shattering. But I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a dark heavy rich chocolate stout with a frothy 1" head. Poured smooth into a glass to enjoy. While the appearance was very dark and heavy, the mouth feel was smooth and light. I could definitely smell and taste the chocolate (heavy). But it was pretty carbonated for a chocolate stout. I would recommend this to someone who is trying to break into the chocolate stout world as it probably would be a brew that isn't too heavy for the newbie.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relativity fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a heavy roasted malt smell mixed with a sweet chocolate/cocoa aroma as well as some sweeter notes of vanilla and some caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some lighter dark chocolate flavors. The flavor is lightly sweet upfront with it growing even slightly sweeter as the flavor advances toward the middle of the taste. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a chocolate and light vanilla flavor but have hints of an almost lighter fruit like sweetness and a bit of caramel mixed within. Toward the end a bit of bitterness comes to the tongue in the form of a more earthy and herbal hop flavor leaving a rather roasted, moderately dry and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side with a nice smoothness and a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the darker flavors of the brew and make for a fairly nice fuller feel overall.

Overall – A rather nice stout with a good chocolate and roasted malt flavor which still maintains a rather easy drinking character.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice styrofoam like looking head, three fingers tall with lots of staying power and a light cocoa cream faint tan color, that clumps and hangs. Body is a very dark dark walnut brown, with a good ability to see some fast rising plentiful carbonation if you look closely.

Nose brings a nice powdery whiff of dark chocolate, but it's fleeting and gives way more to a real nice light roasty malt grain. Good husky big thick grain quality, with a nice mixing chocolate angle. Basic, not varied, but simple and solid.

Palate even for a light stout comes off quite wet still, really doesn't coat well. Grainy tasting finish mixing with a light bitterness of chocolate. No sweetness. Roast character is more akin to a light coffee but with no cream action. Good roast quality with a matching chocolate bitterness.

Overall a nice light chocolate stout, not bad, kind of interesting. I could have this again.

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Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a deep black with ruby highlights a nice one finger caramel colored head, decent retention, and a healthy bit of lacing. Nose is chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee, very nice. Taset is sweet up front with notes of malt and cola. Finish is chocolate, coffee, caramel, and nuts. Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Loved this one.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love the color of this stout as it seems more radiant than most almost to an opal like finish. A four goes to the color because the body is just weak with loads of bubbles and a thin head.

The scent is nice with dry chocolate highlights, tinges of coffee, light Graham cracker and chalky malt.

The taste is rather uneventful, thin in taste and feel and a touch watery. Roast coffee, dry powdered chocolate and burnt, smoky embers touch the tongue but never really grab you. I feel like there's more to be done here, perhaps an Imperial style to really impress but this is somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of light passage, short tan head, significant lacing. Nose is heavily roasted with mild waves of coffee and cocoa. Taste has an astringent chocolate bitterness with bits of sweetness scattered in. Overall a dry flavor with plenty of roast. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated.

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Photo of snarksdad
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one happens to be available year round in my area and has become a staple in my beer cabinet. Maybe I'm a little biased on it but I certainly think it deserves a higher rating then I see here. I think it is close to excellent for a chocolate stout. Maybe it is downrated a bit since it has a relatively low ABV for a stout and that's OK, just means I can drink more of them before I fall down...

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Photo of Shagtastic
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my new Christmas Pint Glass

A: Just looks alright, not much head visible. Loses points for me for no ABV on the label.

S: Your standard chocolate stout. Really not overly chocolate but I do like the fact that it isn't artificial smelling.

T: Pretty smooth which I like in my stouts. Bits of chocolate and roastiness here and there but nothing overwhelming.

M: After looking into the abv level this beer gets bonus points. It is really drinkable right now and I think I could knock out a sixer of this pretty easily.

Overall: Pretty much the definition of average for me. Not bad at all but nothing mind blowing here. Grab it if you need an easy stout fix

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Chocolate Stout from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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